NASHVILLE – Rutherford County’s State Senators Bill Ketron and Jim Tracy are seeking photos of Rutherford County Vietnam War veterans who were killed in action in order to honor the fallen heroes at a new facility which compliments the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington DC.
The photos will be part of a multimedia display at the new Education Center at the Wall, which will be built between the existing Wall and the Lincoln Memorial. The effort is part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF). Ketron and Tracy were enlisted to help in the initiative by Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville) who is heading up the effort statewide.
“The Education Center already has photos for 596 soldiers of the 1,295 Tennesseans who are listed on ‘The Wall’ in Washington,” said Senator Ketron. “We are looking for photos for the remaining 699 heroes so that they are honored in a way they so richly deserve.”
“As we begin the July 4th holiday, we are reminded that we live in the home of the free because of the brave,” added Senator Tracy. “The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is a tremendous visual reminder of the sacrifices paid by many American soldiers. This is an effort to compliment the wall by adding a face to the name.”
The lawmakers are seeking the photos of the following veterans whose last city of record was in Rutherford County:
Milton: Jimmie R. Orr, Marine Corps
Murfreesboro: Eugene M. Woodson, Army; George D. Osborne, Army; Larry D. Earls, Army; Richard E. Wade, Army; Robert O. Garant, Marine Corps; Robert R. Boyd, Army; and Robert J. Ensley, Jr., Army
Smyrna: Fred E. Mitchell, III, Army
Christiana: Billy L. Miller, Army
Rutherford / No City Listed: Bobby J. Barber, Marine Corps
Photos can be submitted to Senator Bill Ketron, 5 Legislative Plaza, Nashville, TN 37243 or call 615 741-6853.
To view the photos that have already been submitted or see if someone you know is among those without a photo, please visit The Wall of Faces website at www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces.